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Georges Baselitz the Neo-Expressionist rebel

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Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz was born on January 23, 1938. He is a German painter, who's style is interpreted by the Northern American as Neo-Expressionist, but from a European perspective, it is more seen as postmodern.

Baselitz studied in the former East Germany, before moving to what was then the country of West Germany.

His career was boosted in the 1960s after police took action against one of his paintings, (Die große Nacht im Eimer), because of its provocative, offending sexual nature.

In the 1970s, Baselitz was part of a group of Neo-Expressionist German artists, occasionally identified as “Neue Wilden,” focusing on deformation, the power of subject and the vibrancy of the colors.

Georg Baselitz became famous for his upside-down images. He is seen as a revolutionary painter as he draws the viewer’s attention to his works by making them think and sparking their interest. The subjects of the paintings don’t seem to be as significant as the work’s visual insight.

Throughout his career, Baselitz has varied his style, ranging from layering substances to his style, since the 1990s, which focuses more on lucidity and smooth changes.

 He is currently a professor at the Hochschule der Künste art academy in Berlin.

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